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Stalagmites as archives of past environments

Stalagmites as archives of past environments

Stalagmites have several characteristics that make them ideally suited to reconstructing past climates and environments.

Sustainable levels of extraction: National Water Commission position

Sustainable levels of extraction: National Water Commission position

The National Water Initiative (NWI) requires all currently overallocated and overused surface and groundwater systems to be returned to environmentally sustainable levels of extraction. It also requires other less-stressed systems to be maintained at an environmentally sustainable level of use.

Groundwater flow modelling

Groundwater flow modelling

New groundwater flow modelling developed by the UNSW Connected Waters Initiative team aims to help provide a better understanding of the dynamics of the alluvial aquifer in the Maules Creek Catchment using an integrated approach to modelling catchment water resources.

Only a price on water can end threat to food security

Only a price on water can end threat to food security

As the world awakens to the harsh realities of climate change and food insecurity, much of it apparently remains oblivious to a looming global water crisis, which climate change will aggravate by making rainfall more erratic in many regions.

Water restrictions are tough politics

Water restrictions are tough politics

Regrettably, politics has always dominated decisions about water in this country which suggests that water restrictions are likely to be more severe than they need to be for the foreseeable future.

What shape are our rivers really in?

What shape are our rivers really in?

The answer to this question is, unfortunately, easy but not very gratifying.

Groundwater resource investigations for Sydney's water supply at Leonay, Western Sydney, NSW

Groundwater resource investigations for Sydney's water supply at Leonay, Western Sydney, NSW

Following encouraging results from a preliminary groundwater investigation, a second more extensive, groundwater resource investigation commenced in November 2006 to quantify the groundwater resource potential of the Hawkesbury Sandstone aquifers in western Sydney.

Water: forgotten in the food crisis

Water: forgotten in the food crisis

Many countries face severe water scarcity, either as a result of a lack of available fresh water, or due to a lack of investment in water infrastructure, such as dams and reservoirs. What makes matters worse is that this scarcity predominantly affects developing countries where the majority of the world's under-nourished people - approximately 840 million - live.

Delivering water for the environment

Delivering water for the environment

Over-allocation of water resources remains a serious impediment to sustainable water use. The environmental health of too many of our river systems is under stress and the contest for access to water is increasing.

Climate change and water from the sea

Climate change and water from the sea

Seawater use taps an unlimited resource that is not climate-dependent. Because of its plenitude and reliability, seawater is likely to be used increasingly as a source of security in vulnerable water systems. However, its energy use could have unwanted feedback to global warming.

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